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Young Overweight People Easily Trust Weight Loss Spam E-mails

As per a new study conducted by Joshua Fogel, it has been discovered that computer users who receive unsolicited spam message about weight loss medications do not delete them instead open them to know more about how the products work to loss excess weight.

The new study reveals that nearly one in 5 overweight young people has become victim of spam e-mails promoting weight loss products. Spam has become a common problem for computer users, with pharmaceutical and health topics account for around one third of total spam e-mails.

Analyzing the findings of the study, Fogel, Associate Professor, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (US), has said that a large number of young people appear to fall to spam message in order to address their weight loss concerns. This is a big concern because of no restriction on quality of what advertized in spam. These products could have serious effects on the body of patients using them. Some spam messages advertize and sell medication without asking for the valid prescription, as reported by EarthTimes on January 5, 2010.

Fogel further added that he was shocked to find that so many people would buy this stuff, as reported by businessweek on January 5, 2010.

Notably, high psychological stress was also linked with an increase in purchase of weight loss products advertized in spam e-mail, according to the study.

The sample to conduct the study included modest two hundred students both with and without weight concerns. They were students of four years Commuter College in New York (US). The group was asked to tell about their interaction with spam advertizing weight loss topic in 2009, the study reveals.

Finally, to deal with the rising menace of spam e-mails, the study suggests healthcare providers that they should discuss the risk associated with the opening and purchasing of weight loss products advertized in spam e-mails with their patients. This kind of counseling will help young adults from having toxic effects by using the weight loss products advertised in spam e-mails.

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